TIPS for this type of trip:
is an organization of rental apartments all over the world. Use Google Maps to pinpoint the location so it is central to where you want to be (see "Tips" in my Sedona trip).
2. Consider visiting a place off-season. You can hit some inclement weather, but visiting a popular tourist spot in a non-peak tourist season guarantees you a less crowded visit with no lines, no reservations needed, and no inflated prices. Visit with family and friends during the peak time, and 'holiday' the rest. So take a jacket, and visit off-season.
3. European airlines have different luggage restrictions than we are used to. Always check them out before you travel so you don't get any bad surprises www.airline-baggage-fees.com
For example, on Easy Jet, the carry-on size is 50X40X20cm (unlike Air Canada which is 55X40X23cm). Also, in Canada and the US, we are allowed one carry-on PLUS one personal item such as a purse or laptop computer. Not so on Easy Jet. You are allowed ONE carry-on. If that is your purse or camera, you will be checking your carry-on luggage for 45Euros.
I had to scramble and crush to put EVERYTHING into my carry-on bag to avoid the fee.